Buick Skylark may be classified as already one of the classics in terms of its production run. As these cars were released off from Buick's assembly line in 1953, its continued manufacturing run from General Motors factory is proof enough that Buick Skylark is worth reinventing with new physical design (exterior or interior, body or underhood parts) while keeping abreast with the advancing technology capabilities, the ever-shifting tastes and preferences of the consumers and enthusiasts, and the integration of booming trend of each model year that passed.
Although production run also fluctuated, each time a new Buick Skylark would emerge into the market it would always be a vision that enchants many. This was partly due to the fact that in its first introduction, Buick Skylarks were fitted into one of the three specialty convertibles from General Motors in 1953 as a celebration mark of Buick's 50th anniversary. Additional to this fact was that Skylarks were the most successful among the three. The special features for Buick Skylark were evidently integrated in all aspects of the car starting from its physical designs down to its performance
Buick Skylarks were to return in the succeeding years with designs that made these cars joining the assembly of muscle cars in 1960's, 2-door coupes in 1970's until 1979, and ended with compact cars of the 1985, and the last year 1998 with sedans or coupes options. With the plight Skylarks took, it was not so surprising that many replacement automotive parts manufacturers are grabbing the opportunity to provide products that could make Buick Skylark's participation in the industry would be an ubiquitous one.
Although older cars may seem difficult to maintain and sometimes will be seen in a disgusting degree of disrepair, Buick replacement parts can do wonder and revive these cars into something that you thought would be unachievable. Sometimes, you can find Buick auto parts that are salvaged from the older models. That's why even the oldest Buick Skylark version could still gain its prestigious name because restoration process has becoming a trend and hobby to many enthusiasts. The age of your Buick Skylark car should not be an issue in subjects such as restoration or proper maintenance because Buick Skylark automotive parts will make it sure that these line of cars from General Motors will be consistent in participating in the industry.
I have noticed that my coolant is leaking and is creating a puddle underneath my Buick Skylark. What causes this and what parts usually need to be replaced?
First of all, there are a number of reasons attributed to a coolant leaks, and it is best to consult your local technician to assist you in diagnosing the cause. However, if you need to diagnose it yourself, then check these probable causes: leaking radiator cap, water pump, engine block, or head gasket. If you have a weak coolant cap, the fluid may overflow from the tube every time there is increase in heat and pressure. You can see for yourself by conducting a pressure test of the radiator cap. Also check if the radiator has a hole or a broken hose. The coolant leak may also come from a leaking water pump or caused by internal drips in the engine head or block, or a leaky head gasket, which the cooling system's version of internal hemorrhaging. Once you have verified the source of the leak, replace the parts that need replacement.
When I reached 93,000 miles, the power windows of my 1997 Skylark started to get faulty. It can get very frustrating especially when I have to open my windows to pay for tolls. Does this automatically mean that I have to replace the power window motors?
Power windows usually start to move slower than usual and stop midway when the power window motor overheats. You may wait for the motor to cool down first and then try again. However, if this does not work, inspect the mechanism for other more serious causes of the problem. Observe whether all the windows are simultaneously acting up. If this is the case, then it may be due to the flow of power in the system, which is affected by either for a blown fuse or a bad relay. If all fuses and relays are good, then check for the power at the driver door master-switch. You will need a wiring diagram to check these thoroughly. If only one window is not working, then the window's power is the likely cause, as stated above. Check if it can be solved by cooling it down. Otherwise, the window motor power would then have to be checked and replaced if needed.
The paint of my 1991 Buick Skylark is peeling off, and there is rust everywhere. What restoration steps should I do?
When the car's paint is starting to peel off and some of the metal panels are rusting already, a complete makeover is called for. This usually means sandblasting, chemical treatments, repainting, and protective sealing. Strip the body panels and blast or chemically-treat the rust present in the metals underneath. You can also use a metal-grinder. When doing this, put masking tape on parts of the car that you would not be working on to protect them from paint overspray. Once you have eliminated rust, you are now ready to apply primer and paint. Make sure to let the primer dry overnight first before spraying on the paint. Once this is done, buff the edges of the new paint so it blends with the old paint. Wash and wax the car afterwards. The body paint now looks good as new.
Now You See It, Now You Don’t: The Buick Skylark
In 1953, Buick marked its 50th anniversary and this occasion was celebrated by General Motors through creating three limited-edition convertibles—the Oldsmobile 98 Fiesta, Cadillac Series 62 Eldorado, and the Buick Skylark. Among the three convertibles, the Skylark had the most successful sales—with 1,690 units produced and sold.
1953-1954: Roadmaster roots
Initially, Skylarks were purely convertibles. They were created based on the Roadmaster, having identical dimensions, appearance, and features. However, additional options for the Roadmaster such as power windows, power brakes, full carpeting, and AM radios were made standard for Skylarks. The 1953 Skylark was initially powered by a V8 engine, and it was run by a 12-volt electrical system. It also featured full-cutout wheel openings and cut-down doors, which eventually became a trademark of Buick vehicles.
1961-1963: The comeback
After being discontinued, the Buick Skylark came back in 1961 as part of the brand’s line of intermediate sport coupes. It was reintroduced to the market as a subseries of the Buick Special. The following year, The Skylark was offered in two body styles—a two-door convertible coupe and a pillarless hardtop. Meanwhile, the 1963 model had boxier styling and new sheet metal. It was also lengthened by 5 inches and its V8 engine was upgraded.
1964-1967: Four-door sedan
In 1964, the Skylark shared a brand-new intermediate chassis with the Oldsmobile F-85, Pontiac Tempest, and Chevrolet Chevelle. With its new 115-inch wheelbase, the Skylark was equipped with a new V6 engine that had a Rochester 1-barrel carburetor. A four-door Skylark sedan was also introduced to the market. The success of the Pontiac Tempest, LeMans, and GTO, on the other hand, prompted the creation of a new Skylark submodel—the Gran Sport. Aside from having a powerful engine, the Gran Sport featured unique badging, a dual exhaust, and a heavy-duty radiator.
1968-1972: Saying goodbye again
The 1968 models produced by GM adopted a new wheelbase policy, causing a slight change in the Skylark. During this time, car models were also reshuffled, causing the Gran Sport to become a separate series. In 1973, the Skylark, together with other Buick vehicles, was replaced by the mid-sized Buick Century.
1975-1979: Second comeback
The Skylark reappeared once again in 1975 as a two-door sedan. It was powered by a 3.8L V6 engine that had a 2-barrel carburetor. This vehicle churned out 110 hp at 4,000 rpm.
1980-1985: Styles and trims
During this time, the Skylark shared the new GM X-body architecture with the Chevrolet Citation, Pontiac Phoenix, and Oldsmobile Omega. The Skylark was also made available in base, Sport, and Limited trims and it also featured two body styles with two- and four-door sedans.
1986-1991: Sporty segment
In 1987, a sporty T-Type model was introduced to the market. And in 1991, N-bodied Skylarks were offered for the last time.
During its last years, the Skylark received a total makeover and its body became more aerodynamic, reducing its drag in a drastic way. When production ended, the production line of the Skylark was turned over to the manufacture of the Chevrolet Malibu.